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Pro-Choice News Roundup: Good News about Sex Education and Abortion Access

Posted by Blogging Czar Lauren Kuhlik

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In order to celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, we will be looking at some GOOD NEWS today in the pro-choice world.  I hope that this news brightens your day and makes your new year sweet and sunny.  L’shanah tovah!

Yes!!! Age-appropriate sex ed for everyone!: Chicago public schools will start teaching kindergarteners sexual health education.  Topics will include bullying, correct names for body parts, and non-traditional family structures.  Parents can opt out if they do not feel comfortable with their children knowing the names of their own body parts and learning how to respond when a stranger touches them inappropriately.    [Clutch]

 Even in Oklahoma!: In response to high teen pregnancy rates and low graduation rates for teen mothers, Tulsa public schools will offer more comprehensive sexual health education.  The program will encourage middle and high school students to think and talk honestly about sex.  Supporters hope that the program will ultimately decrease the high school drop-out rate. [News 9]

Californians will soon have greater access to abortion!!: The California Assembly approved a bill that would allow certain non-physicians to perform abortions.  Many California women do not have access to abortion because there are no women’s health clinics that provide abortions in their counties. Republicans made some weird references to back-alley abortions, because apparently physicians’ assistants perform all their medical work illegally?  Governor Jerry Brown must sign the bill before it comes into effect.  [California Healthline]

Wedding announcement shows that abortion isn’t the whole story: The New York Times’ recent wedding announcement has spawned a lot of discussion.  It follows the story of a couple who have known each other for over a decade and recently married.  In the announcement, they discuss the ups and downs of their relationship, including the woman’s abortion during college.  The abortion is presented matter-of-factly, as a difficult decision that ultimately brought them closer together.  It is just one important event in their long relationship.  Let’s continue to lift the stigma against having and talking about abortion.  [New York Times]

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